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4155   Private James McMaster D.C.M.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/09/1888
Died: 21/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
James McMaster was the younger of two sons of Alexander and Catherine McMaster. He was born on 25th September 1888 in the Maghera area. His father died when he was just three years old. The family lived in Slaughtneil, County Derry. James McMaster married Mary McCusker in 1912. They had at least one child. James McMaster enlisted in Cookstown. Private James McMaster was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Private James McMaster D.C.M. was serving with the 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment when he was killed in action during the German Spring Offensive on 21 March 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery
  Templeux, Somme
Grave Ref: Grave 1-B-32
CWGC Casualty 337665
Templeux-le-Guerard is a village 26 kilometres east of Peronne. Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery is south-east of the village on the road to Haricourt.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 301
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McMaster family 1901 census lists James as age 11 at house 26 in Slaughtneil, Tullykeron
2 Photo of Private James McMaster DCM's grave
3 Magherafelt War Dead Also listed on Magherafelt War Dead
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 National Archives UK DCM Medal card can be purchased here
6 The Gazette 24 Sept 1917 Confirmation of award of Decoration Militaire
7 War Graves Photographic Project Gravestone photo of Private James McMaster D.C.M. can be purchased here.
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